Today, the majority of coffee grown in Colombia is the Castillo variety. There is still a decent amount of Caturra, however, it is shrinking. Typica is even more rare to come by, except in Inza. During the spread of the Colombia variety and particularly during the spread of Castillo, Inza was very difficult to travel to. The roads were in rough shape and, later on, there was a lot of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) activity in the area. This resulted in the FNC canvassing the entire country with new varieties while Inza remained predominantly planted with Typica, Caturra, and even some Bourbon as it was in the past.
When I taste these coffees, they generally offer a brightness and a floral tea quality that is special to find in Colombia. The floral characters are met with syrupy sweetness. Depending on the vintage or the lot, we may see more dark berries versus juicy orange, however, the syrupy sweetness is always alive. As I’ve spent more time in the area, it seems that there is more than just the absence of new varieties that make Inza special. Here, you find a community that has evolved and shaped uniquely and beautifully unlike any other coffee producing area in the country. When you visit and spend time with the people in Inza, a story starts to emerge that gives great scope and richness to the place. What I love about Inza is that the coffee offers a taste of their unique culture as well as a glimpse of what coffee in Colombia may have been like 50 years ago.
Ryan Knapp, Co-Founder/Director of Coffee